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Allison & Phillip | March 17, 2018

Randi Fracassi

“Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” -- C. S. Lewis

Needless to say, Allison's favorite quote is a perfect reflection of her and Philip's wedding. Allison was a seasoned bartender at a local restaurant here in Baton Rouge when Philip was hired in June 2013, and the connection was immediate and electric. The rest, as they say, is history. 

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Our Amazing Team


Ceremony and Reception Venue: Shaw Center for the Arts

Catering: Mansurs On The Boulevard

Coordination: Poppy Lane Events

Baked Goods: Gambino's Bakery

Bridal Apparel: Maggie Sottero Designs

Band: Nola Dukes Band

Floral: Billy Heroman's Flowers

Photography and Cinema: SB James Photography

Rentals and Design: August Events

Signage: Ettie Kim

Why Our Planning and Coordinating Services are Worth Every Penny

Randi Fracassi

Congrats!!! You’re engaged!  Right about now, I bet you're thinking “Ahhhh…now what?” (And I’m sure you’re seeing lots of advertisements right about now saying this too!)

Over here at Poppy Lane, wedding planning is viewed as a season of your relationship with your future spouse where you get to enjoy planning your marriage. It’s personal, fun, and intimate in a sense that the choices you makes are a representation of you and your significant other. Sure there are checklists, appointments, and added stresses, our team strives to make sure that you get to enjoy putting the pieces together; that is, not going crazy! That’s where we come in. And that’s how I can answer my above question on what exactly comes next for you and your fiancé.

Photos by  Vivid Dream Photography ,  Jen Menard Photography , and Lauren Talbert

Photos by Vivid Dream Photography, Jen Menard Photography, and Lauren Talbert

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After the glow of saying “Yes!” has set in, it’s time to buckle down and think about the team that it will take to put together one of the biggest days of your life. It’s researching, lots of reading (aka stalking, let’s be real here), and determining the investment you’re making into making sure someone meets not only your style and aesthetics, but is trustworthy and a pleasure to work with. While the word “invest” is a little strong here, it is certainly necessary: the guidance, the troubleshooting, and the nature of what planning work entails is worth every. Single. Penny. Why? Here are three key reasons as to why a team holds the utmost value for any couple beginning their wedding planning journey.

We anticipate needs and troubleshoot problems before they happen. Like many craftsman, it takes a knowledgeable and skilled team to be able to anticipate, adapt, and succeed through problems or issues before it’s noticed. Time and time again, Poppy Lane finds itself innovating and solving, and going above and beyond to keep everything as close as possible to perfect for our couples. Whether we are noticing a detail that isn’t just so, or making sure guests are enjoying themselves in a safe manner, we are the eyes as ears from beginning to end of an event to ensure that all memories are positive memories of your wedding day. 

When it comes to having seeking guidance and insight at any point along the way, we’re there for you. As with most organized events, there’s usually a person in charge. Whether it’s a team captain, leader, or boss, typically someone is delegated to be in charge and for good reason. This person helps keep the rest of the team on track, motivated, and in the loop regarding the decisions being made and the status of the project. They guide everyone along, make sure the moving pieces are coming together smoothly and without fail, and hold all parties accountable. As a wedding planner, there’s an emotional connection between us and our clients, and while we certainly manage and assemble all of our vendors and important persons, we also become a shoulder to lean on and a source of information and comfort. We make sense of a rather strange and involved series of events and processes, and ensure the foundation of each wedding is set up to be a flawless celebration that you get to be present and enjoy throughout.

This is the start of forever for you and your other half; you’re ultimately planning a marriage, and we understand this more than anyone else. In every opinion shared and decision made, we are conscious of the meaning of this day for you. We constantly do a delicate dance between providing personal opinion and support and professional service and time. While we are here to first and foremost professionally serve you every step of the way in planning and coordinating your wedding, we do so with a friendliness and casualness that allows you to feel comforted, cared for, and at ease. We believe wedding planning is a fun and exciting time despite the added pressures and stresses; we are not a “do as I say, not as I do” type of group over here.

If you’re newly engaged or in the process of planning your wedding, we’d love to be of assistance to you. If you’re interested in setting up a complimentary consultation please do so here. We’d love to see if we’re just the team right for you!

Happy planning,

 

Randi

 

Dancing in the Dark: A Styled Elopement

Randi Fracassi

Her smile was radiant. It lit up her eyes and brought a warmth to his soul, and he knew that he wanted that smile for the rest of his life. He had become her rock, her partner in all things, and without a shadow of a doubt understood that without him being by her side, her life would be meaningless and not nearly as full as it had been since they met. So hand in hand, excited and scared and nervous, they decided on forever.

And so they laughed. And they loved. And they cried and got angry and forgave. They worked together and didn’t give up on each other. They were partners, a team, the perfect match in every way. And they cared for each other in such a way that words cannot describe it.

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I hope ya’ll garnered some inspiration from this inspirational shoot that we did in collaboration with Hannah Herpin Creative, Madames and Mermaids Artistry, Pure Vintage Rentals, Banter and Charm and The Keeping Room, and Blush Formal and Bridal. It was such a joy to work on, and I know that the various elements of this shoot can be altered to fit your aesthetic and your vision.

Happy planning,

Randi 

Lindsey + Tim | May 19, 2017

Randi Fracassi

"To love is not to possess, to own or imprison, nor to lose one's self in another.

"Love is to join and separate, to walk alone and together, to find a laughing freedom that lonely isolation does not permit.

"It is finally to be able to be who we really are, no longer clinging in childish dependency nor docilely living separate lives in silence, it is to be perfectly one's self and perfectly joined in permanent commitment to another-- and to one's inner self.

"Love only endures when it moves like waves, receding and returning gently or passionately, or moving lovingly like the tide in the moon's own predictable harmony, because finally, despite a child's scars or an adult's deepest wounds, they are openly free to be who they really are--and always secretly were, in the very core of their being, where true and lasting love can alone abide."

-James Kavanaugh

Y'all, coordinating Tim and Lindsey's wedding was a dream. May 18 and 19, 2017 were the hottest days of the spring, but these folks and their family and friends had the biggest smiles on their faces the entire time. They were so incredibly sweet, their love and respect for each other evident with every glance they exchanged. 

The Lopez's were married at the James Grace House in Plaquemine, and the second I pulled up to the property my jaw dropped. Dr. Grace and his wife own the property, and in the 1970's actually moved the entire home across Iberville Parish cane fields to where it currently stands. Mrs. Grace was-- and still is -- a botanist, and her love for plants and floral can be seen in the garden where Tim and Lindsey had their Private Prayer Moment, as well as the most darling greenhouse near the Bridal Cottage. The house is fully restored to it's Antebellum roots, with antiques from the period mixed through pictures of the Grace family and modern amenities (God bless air conditioning!). 

Tim and Lindsey full embraced simplicity and adding personal touches for their wedding, from eucalyptus bouquets and crowns for the bridal party to Tim's father, their pastor, presiding over their ceremony, their favorite home-style food being served at the buffet, and the Matron of Honor's hand lettering used throughout in the signage. This wedding was full of laughter, smiles, and friends and family coming together to celebrate the beginnng of Tim and Lindsey's life together. 

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